Spirit I: Lift Off at Concert in Scarlets
OCdt Eliza Bruce, 27472 (III), E-veritas correspondent
This weekend saw the culmination of an entire semester’s worth of practice, dedication, and musical collaboration between the members, leadership, and support crew of the RMCC bands, who pulled off Concert in Scarlets 2017 at the Kingston Gospel Temple to uproarious applause.
The large and spacious venue was full of an enthusiastic and encouraging crowd, which included many RMC friends, family, teachers, and military personnel, and they were treated to quite the show.
With less than a fraction of the preparation time usually allotted to regular force bands, the Officer Cadets in the Brass and Reed, Choir, Highland Drums, Highland Dancers, Men’s choir, Pipers, Strings, RnB, and Brass Quintet managed to rehearse and produce musical phenomenon to once more outdo themselves.
Summoning Olympic fanfares, a new hornpipe dance, pipe solos, featured vocalists in chill-inducing pieces, combined multi-media presentation, the introduction of RMC’s first rapper, and a grand finale of massed band performances, the RMC students proved themselves to be of many talents and capacities within the college, managing to balance the demands of RMC life with their love of music, which in many cases is almost therapeutic and a positive outlet for creativity.
For many in the audience this was not their first time attending the concert, and remarks afterward reflected an impressed sentiment over how far the band has come in the past couple of years, to not only include multiple sub-ensembles, but to also prove each of these to be integral and incredibly beautiful and improved and talented all at once.
It was a significant achievement to pull together such a great show, which ran with a theme of the RMC band as “Spirit 1,” after exams and right in the heights of Drill fest.
What the RMCC Bands continue to accomplish every season is nothing short of a miracle, and it doesn’t stop here—for the next week practices towards Graduation Parade and Sunset must continue/commence, so even though there were sighs of relief and contentment for a job well done and a positive time slot in the calendar checked off, the liftoff will not conclude until next Friday when everyone goes their ways for summer training. 3…2…1…T…D…V.
Many more Concert in Scarlets photos on flickr by Scot Howells – Here